UPDATED FOR 2018-19
Sailing around the Koh Chang Islands has slowly but surely gained a foothold over the last few years, with yachts now a common sight in the surrounding waters off Koh Chang, Koh Kood, Koh Mak and Koh Wai.
There are two main companies operating in the area, Sailing Koh Chang and Gulf Charters, both based down in Salak Phet in the far south east of the island. At selected times of year, Aello Yachting is a third option, with them offering skippered charters by the day from Bang Bao Pier or Salak Phet, as well as 2/3 day live aboards.
Monohull choices include Bavaria 33, Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36i, Catalina 375, Jenneau Sun Odyssey 409 and Hanse 540, whilst multihulls feature the Lagoon 380, Nautitech 40 and Lagoon 400 S2 (a/c). Yachts are available either as bareboat or skippered charters.
Standard charters are for 7 days though shorter rentals may be available depending on schedules. One week is normally defined as from 15.00 on the first day to 09.00 on the eighth day.
Licences and Anchorages – Koh Chang Sailing
Sailing in the Koh Chang islands is at Experience Level 2, with no licenses required by the authorities, though certificates should always be carried. The 200bt fee for the National Park is per person per day, with 50bt for the boat.
The pincipal cruising areas extend from the northern tip of Koh Chang, past Koh Klum, Koh Wai, Koh Mak, Koh Kham, Koh Rang and down to the southern end of Koh Kood, with anchorages in many different bays along the way, all clearly charted.
It is actually possible to go further to the Cambodian maritime border, but night sailing is not permitted and stops are at anchor, with mooring buoys being no longer permitted in Thailand.
The companies only open from November to April, when the prevailing winds from the north east are at their best and the weather is dry and generally calm. Boats are moved across to Koh Samui during the rainy season.
The Companies – Koh Chang Sailing
Sailing Koh ChangIsland View, Salak Phet
|Bavaria 33 (2 cabins) and Jenneau Sun Odyssey 409 (3 cabins) available for weekly charter. Lagoon 380 available for daily skippered charter from 29,000bt with skipper included (39,000bt in peak). For 3 persons, 5 day crew live aboard Sailing school, 10 day Captain live aboard Sailing school. Provisioning, transfers. Contact Us for more information.|
From 69,000bt Bavaria 33 to 89,000bt Jenneau Sun Odyssey 409 for one week (Peak 20/12 to 5/1 - 99,000bt to 129,000bt)
Gulf ChartersKoh Chang Marina, Salak Phet
|Bareboat only, bareboat with crew, bareboat with skipper among options offered on keelboats and multi-hull including Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36i, Catalina 375, Nautitech 40 and Lagoon 400 S2 (a/c). Advice on itinerary planning, support. Mile-builder trips. Daily charter possible if available, but 7 days the norm. Flotilla Sailing. Fuel extra.|
Bareboat, from 2,360 Euros for one week (peak, 3,150 Euros) for 4 berth Jenneau 36ft monohull (4 berths)
to 5,880 Euros (peak 8,295 Euros) for Lagoon 400s (a/c) multihull
Aello SailingBang Bao/Salak Phet
|Unique daily charter on Hanse 540 (17 metres), visiting Koh Klum, Koh Ngam on the south east coast of Koh Chang and then across to Koh Wai. No sailing experience needed. Overnight and 3 days/2 nights packages also available. A perfect wedding and engagement gift. Contact Us for more information.|
Day Charters from 18,500bt, sunset option + 3,000bt
There is also a small sailing company, Koh Chang Watersports that is based at Aana Resort’s beach area in Klong Prao on the west Coast. They have a catamaran and other vessels which you can sail yourself if experienced. Otherwise they can arrange a 1 or 2 hour skippered charter.
Sea kayaking is another great way to explore the archipelago or nearer to home, the offshore islands. Many of the resorts have the standard Feelfree sit-on-top variety and rates range from 300bt for a half day to 500bt for the whole 8 hours. The islands off Klong Prao Beach and Kai Bae Beach are the most popular, but Klong Son has two small uninhabited spots which are good for snorkeling and the paddle from
Lonely Beach to Bailan Beach along the coast is another pleasant day out, though it does get dangerous beyond the southern cape in Bailan Beach itself. Bang Bao offers you the chance to visit Bang Bao Beach (Klong Goi) beach without too much effort or, for the braver souls, that bit further round to the deserted sands of Wai Chek Beach.
S.E.A Kayaking Koh ChangKlong Prao, basement at Emerald Cove Hotel
|Professional sea kayaking company that runs full tours into the archipelago from single days off Klong Prao, 3/4 days on south west coast, 7 day and 9 days to Koh Mak and 12 days to Koh Kood. BCU 3 star courses. Full safety and insurance, North Shore kayaks (sit-in), experienced UK Canoeists.|
Per Person: 4,000bt (1 day) to 68,000bt (12 days including all equipment, guest house or hammock accommodation, food and water)
On the east coast, Salak Khok Kayak Station rents out its kayaks for exploring the mangrove forest and the bay itself at Salak Khok, whilst the resorts on either side of Salak Phet bay are within easy paddle distance of the islands in the middle, principally Koh Sai Khao, which has a little beach.